Following the acclaim he garnered for his Christopher Columbus project, Jordi Savall set out to recreate in music the voyages of St. Francis Xavier (1506-1553). Between 1541 and 1552, the Spanish-born Jesuit missionary undertook several far-reaching expeditions to the East, making stops in Mozambique, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan (which he was among the first Europeans to discover). Music played an important role in winning converts among the people Francis visited: their native melodies were typically used for setting Christian texts. Musicians from some of these diverse cultures have now teamed up with Savall for this ambitious new recording. Listen as Western music meets African percussion and Japanese folk instruments in this stunning multi-cultural collaboration, packaged as a deluxe 300-page CD-Book.